Jackie Toledo was born in Lima, Peru. In 1979 part of her family legally immigrated to the United States and settled in Sacramento, California. Jackie joined them in 1981 at the age of 5.
In 1990, after her parents divorced, Jackie relocated with her mother to Northdale in Hillsborough County and started Junior High School at Ben Hill Middle School. She graduated from Gaither High School and was awarded an academic engineering scholarship to the University of South Florida.
Jackie received her degree in Civil Engineering in 2000 and decided she would permanently make Tampa her home.
She was married in 2004 and immediately became a mom to her step-son, Sam. Her first daughter, Julia, would be born about a year later. Jackie and her ex-husband would go on to have two more sons, Anthony and Alec, and one more daughter, Joselyn.
Being a mom became the most important role Jackie would ever take on. However, as she raised her family, she also started work as a Licensed Professional Engineer and would work on several major transportation plans in the Tampa Bay area. Her work allowed her to be recognized as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and the recipient of the 2002 Florida State Institute of Transportation Engineers of the year. Today she owns and operates Florida Engineering and Consulting.
In 2010, Jackie opened another business, Tampa Creative Camps, which specialized in performing arts education and programs for Tampa’s Children.
Following an unsuccessful run for City Council in 2015, Jackie Toledo became the State Representative for Florida’s 60th District, winning the election the following year.